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Author: Larry Michalove

Illustrator: Lanny Chappalear

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Publisher: iUniverse,

Material: paperback

Summary: While playing in the backyard one day, David discovered an X on a tree. When he and his sisters (Lisa, Stacy, and Karen) returned, they found a pirate's flag and a note. After deciphering the code, they met Ramor, who, with his magic carpet, took them on all sorts of adventures. This is a fantasy adventure told in short stories.

Type of Reading: bedtime story, family reading, independent reading, read aloud book

Recommended Age: read together: 5 to 12; read yourself: 9 to 12

Interest Level: 6 to 10

Age of Child: Teen STAR Review Team, Be the Star You Are!™

Young Reader Reaction: While this story is able to stretch our imagination beyond our everyday life and bring readers into new realms, there are many aspects that make the story uninteresting to a teenager like me. First, everything in the book is pictured to be ideal. Having an ideal setting in this story removes all possibilities of a conflict or a climax for the story, thus making it not a very exciting book to read. Second, the description of the exotic places in the story is inadequate to generate an impression. Third, there is not an important message or moral behind the story. While this book may not be of great interest to a teenager, I would recommend it for young children up to 9 years of age. Parents could also read this book to their children as a bedtime story.

Adult Reader Reaction: This collection of short stories is quaint. The illustrations help to add some personality, though the text is unchanged from the original book.

Pros: Kids will relate to the individual stories -- particularly the magic carpet.

Cons: This is not always easy to read aloud. At times it seems that the text was trying to be both written fairy tale and conversational.

Borrow or Buy: Borrow. This is fun to read, but it is someone else's personal history.

If You Liked This Book, Try: RIDDLE IN THE MOUNTAIN   THE CAPTURE (Guardians of Ga'Hoole, Book One)   RAIRARUBIA (The Rairarubia Tales, Book 1)

Educational Themes: The stories offer a platform for sharing and creating your own magical adventures. Because it also draws on experiences the children had experienced, you can re-create adventures and relive your own family history.

Notes: THIS STORY WAS REPUBLISHED IN May 2007. THE READING TUB IS REVIEWING THAT COPY (October 2007). Be the Star You Are re-read is still pending as of December 2007.

Literary Categories: Fiction - fantasy, adventure

Date(s) Reviewed: December 2006, December 2007

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